KLANG - The 2016 Tamil New Year will benefit the agricultural sector the most as there will be ample sun and rain to help crops grow abundantly, says high priest Siva Sri Muthukumara Sivachariyar.
He said the climate would not be as unpredictable as the previous year and abundant rainfall would also help overcome the dry spell and water shortage in various states.
He said the new year officially started at 9.16pm yesterday when the sun moved into Mesha Rasi (Aries).
But since the year is born after sundown, the first prayer to usher in the new year, which is named the Thurmugi Year, will be conducted from 8.30am to 10.30am, he said.
For the Tamils, the first month of the Tamil calendar Chittirai begins on April 14 every year.
As for the Sikhs, they are ushering in Vaisakhi, commemorating the formation of the Khalsa brotherhood, which unified all Sikhs, and the harvest festival.
"It is the day Guru Gobind Singh, who is our 10th Guru, created the Khalsa and named all males Singh and all females Kaur, in 1699," said United Sikhs Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Aid director Rishiwant Singh Randhawa.
The Malayalees also celebrate Vishu today, the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam.
Preparations were already underway the last few days in temples, which will be packed with people today.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in his message to the Indian community, said this is the time to reflect on the past ,and celebrate new beginnings and opportunities with hope.
"We must always remember that we are in this journey together and whatever that comes our way, we will overcome it with the strengthened nambikei (trust) we have established over the last seven years.
"I want to have more engagements with the community. I want to know more of your inspiring achievements so that together, we can help to shape a better and brighter future for all those in the community who still need our assistance," he said in his blog.
Najib wished the Indian brothers and sisters good health, happiness and success in the coming year.
"Chittirai Putthandu Vaalthukal and Vishu Ashamsakal to our Tamil and Malayalee friends and to our Sikh friends, Aap Sab Nu Vaisakhi Di Lakh Lakh Vadai Hovey".